How to open a webpage in Internet Explorer mode using Edge (2022)

Internet Explorer had a good run, but in June 2022 its latest and last version (11) will no longer be supported. Instead of IE, users are encouraged to use Microsoft Edge. Personally, I love Microsoft Edge. I benefit from using vertical tabs, multiple profiles, and various other features on a regular basis. Plus, the performance has been much better than my experience with IE, waiting for pages to load (or for the browser to stop responding).

Luckily, those of you who still require Internet Explorer (or at least an emulation of it) can use Microsoft Edge’s Open link in new Internet Explorer mode tab feature. Simply right-click the link you need to run in IE, and select it the IE mode tab option seen in the following screenshot.

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Once you’ve opened an IE tab, you’ll get a prompt that allows you to always open that particular URL in IE mode. In the following screenshot, note the ability to toggle on Open this page in Internet Explorer mode next time.

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Alternative methods to launch Internet Explorer mode in Edge

If you don’t have a link to right-click, you can also just visit the webpage in Edge normally. Then use the ellipsis (three dots) in the upper right corner of the Edge browser and select Reload in Internet Explorer mode.

And lastly, you can make some adjustments to Edge’s settings by also using that same ellipsis (three dots) in the upper right corner. Choose Settings, then Default browser.

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From here, you can:

  • Make Edge your default browser (if not already)
  • Allow IE to automatically open sites in Edge (Never, Incompatible sites only, or Always)
  • Allow sites to be reloaded in IE mode (as I’ve shown in this blog post)
  • Manually add sites to always open in IE mode*

*Note that when you add specific sites to use IE mode, it only stays in affect for 30 days.

How to paste a copied URL as a web address instead of a hyperlinked title

You may have noticed that when you copy a web address from the Microsoft Edge browser bar and paste it somewhere, it shows a hyperlinked title instead of the web address. For some cases, this is great – it makes your emails, chats, and documentation look more professional.

For other cases, you’d like to actually see the URL (such as when creating print/unclickable resources or wanting to promote the address itself). Luckily, there’s just a slightly different method to use depending on what you’re hoping to achieve.

Copy/paste keyboard shortcuts to show web address or hyperlinked text

Normally, you can use Ctrl + C (copy) and Ctrl + V (paste). This is what will give you hyperlinked text instead of a web address by default. Your result would resemble

Use Ctrl + C (copy) and Ctrl + Shift + V (paste address) to show the web address instead of hyperlinked text. Your result would resemble

I prefer the keyboard shortcuts because they can be used everywhere, regardless of the destination app.

Right-click menu options when working in web apps (browser locations)

If you’re not a fan of keyboard shortcuts, you can also right-click to copy:

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Then right-click to paste either option (web address or hyperlinked text). In this menu “Plan text” is the web address and “Link (Default)” is the hyperlinked text with the site/page title.

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Right-click or paste options in other apps (like Office client applications)

You can look in your other apps for paste options like “Keep text only” in Office apps. See the following animation to see two of the paste options action. The first is “Use destination theme” which will keep the hyperlinked text. The last is “Keep text only” which shows the web address.

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You can also find these paste options on the Home tab of Office apps:

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Change the URL copy/paste default behavior in Microsoft Edge

If you want to permanently change how Edge handles copied links, you can go to Edge’s settings and change the default behavior. To find Settings in Edge, click the ellipsis (three dots) in the upper-right corner. Then choose Settings.

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Once in settings, choose Share, copy, and paste from the left-hand menu to change the default behavior.

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